But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Saturday, 22 April 2017 07:49

Created Featured

by Mike Ratliff

10 αὐτοῦ γάρ ἐσμεν ποίημα, κτισθέντες ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Saturday, 22 April 2017 07:33

Political Correctness Crushes The Individual

I am more convinced than ever that awareness of how propaganda works on us is KEY to helping our society regain sanity and reason. As more and more students at campuses around the country shout down politically incorrect speakers — even to . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Saturday, 22 April 2017 07:00

EChurch@Wartburg – 4.23.17

Son of God, Son of Man

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Written by deb
Saturday, 22 April 2017 06:41

Why God Allows Satan’s Temptations (Watson)

image Why does God allow Satan to tempt Christians?  If he is sovereign, why doesn’t he just make some kind of force field around us, so to speak, so that Satan can’t touch us?  Temptations are a hard part of the Christian life, so why does our heavenly Father allow us to be...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Saturday, 22 April 2017 06:03

God’s Decree and His Declared will.

People often wish to hurl their meaningless insults [wicked heresy, damnable heresy, satanic heresy etc.] at Calvinists but seldom wish to engage in biblical investigation. Additionally, they often persist in their effort to demonstrate that we Calvinists believe a doctrine that we make no effort...

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Written by gracewriterrandy
Saturday, 22 April 2017 05:31

The Problem With Social Media Righteousness

If there’s anybody who is writing more incisively about social media culture right now than Freddie deBoer, I don’t know who it is. There are quite a few valuable points in his latest post, but I want to focus on one in particular.

Freddie writes:

The modern internet, particularly social...

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Written by Samuel James
Saturday, 22 April 2017 04:15

Why Does Easter Wander?

Fascinating study by Farrell Brown on the history of Easter’s changing date and why the East and the West don’t usually agree.

Authors: Daniel B. Wallace...

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Written by Daniel B. Wallace
Saturday, 22 April 2017 03:50

Weekly Roundup 4/17/2017-4/22/2017

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 4/17/2017-4/22/2017. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it.  Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts.

Monday 4/17/2017

The Majesty of...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Saturday, 22 April 2017 03:17

Third Week of April 2017 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

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Here are links related to the subject of Presuppositional apologetics gathered online between April 15th-21st, 2017.

1.) The Trinity is the Foundation for Math, Unity, and Truth

2.) Creation, the Resurrection, and Evidence

3.) The Trinity: The Potent Truth Many Ignore

4.) Calvinist...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Saturday, 22 April 2017 03:01

Report of PCA Study Committee on Women in the Church (2): they are "joyfully committed"...

image(This is the second post in a series critiquing the Report of the Presbyterian Church in America's Study Committee on Women Serving in the Ministry of the Church. Here's the first in the series.)

On to our examination of the Report itself. We'll use screen shots so we can refer to line numbers.

I...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Saturday, 22 April 2017 02:33

The Weekly Amen

The Weekly Amen is a list of articles, videos, and other resources that I’ve recognized as content we want to “Amen”. This content will come from various platforms and highlight various perspectives on topics that affect the Church’s collective witness Read More ...

Authors:...

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Written by Courtlandt Perkins
Saturday, 22 April 2017 02:31

When You Paint the Barn

Last night I posted a contribution to the discussion that Toby Sumpter kicked off, and there is already a need for a quick follow-up. I said that reasonable Christians ought not to be discussing this, and someone asked if I thought there was no such thing as responsible discussion on the topic. I...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 22 April 2017 02:19

The Church Of The Holy Elaboration

One of the highlights  of the Spring semester is the opportunity to read through and discuss the Belgic Confession. Yesterday, as we worked through articles 24–27 a theme emerged. One of the great differences between the Roman communion and the Reformed communions . . . Continue reading...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Saturday, 22 April 2017 01:58

Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave | Soren Kierkegaard Featured

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Based on the book of the same title by Dave Breese, Dr. Randy White is teaching about Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave.

Session 7 is about Soren Kierkegaard, who is the father of existentialism. Learn what this philosophy is and how it affects our worldview.

This series will cover...

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Written by Randy White
Saturday, 22 April 2017 01:54

7 Reasons Church is Not Optional and Non-Negotiable for Christians

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According to author, speaker and Bible teacher Michelle Lesley, for Christians, being joined to a local church is not optional — it’s a must! Why? “Well, Jesus founded the church,” says Michelle. Moreover, “Jesus is the head of the church. Jesus loves the church. Jesus...

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Written by Marsha West
Saturday, 22 April 2017 01:48

Equally Yoked: The Minister’s Proper Partners, Part 2

A new MP3 sermon from The GraceLife Pulpit is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:
Title: Equally Yoked: The Minister’s Proper Partners, Part 2
Subtitle: Equally Yoked
Speaker: Mike Riccardi
Broadcaster: The GraceLife Pulpit
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 4/16/2017
Bible: 2...

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Written by The GraceLife Pulpit
Saturday, 22 April 2017 01:01

Jesus, the Resurrected Judge, Lives in Power

image This morning I ran across an unnerving bit of text at at the end of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. He has just spent a number of chapters encouraging their faithfulness, defending his ministry, and now he turns to warning them to put away sin before he arrives to visit:

This will be...

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Written by Derek Rishmawy
Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:51

The biblical worldview is that there is the righteous and the wicked Featured

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When you read chunks of the Bible at one time, patterns and themes emerge that may not be as noticeable as when you read just a few verses more deeply. That's why both kinds of study are valuable.In reading the Psalms, one immediately notices David's worldview. It's stark, solid, and biblical. With...

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Written by The End Time
Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:39

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.Jeff W. Childers, trans.; George A. Kiraz, ed. The Antioch Bible: The Gospel of Luke according to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English...

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Written by BibleX
Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:39

The Headwaters of our Impotence

As you read the newspaper, as you follow political campaigns, as you watch the evening news, you will see outrage after outrage. But I am not referring to the outrages of private criminals, which can certainly be horrendous. I am referring to the outrages of our elected officials, our appointed...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:32

Protestant Priestcraft

As we continue to develop a right approach to the Supper, which includes a weekly approach to the Supper, we have to be careful to avoid distractions. One such distraction is the charge that this “high view” of the Supper is somehow incipiently Roman Catholic.image

Considering a historical...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:00

The Thoroughly Rational Conversion of Michael Minot

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One of the things I’ve noticed hanging around in church on and off the last 20 years or so is that it often seems to be the case the church leaders seem to value some people as leaders more than others. Specifically, it seems to me that church...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 21 April 2017 21:33

No Fruit, No Conversion

Let it be a settled principle in our religion that when a person brings forth no fruits of the Spirit, they do not have the Holy Spirit within them. Let us resist as a deadly error the common idea, that all baptized people are born again, and that all members of the Church have the Holy Spirit. One...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Friday, 21 April 2017 21:30

The Power of a Mother’s Surrender (Christian Men and Their Godly Moms)

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Every mother knows that at some point, in some way, she will have to surrender her children. While they are young, she is responsible for protecting and teaching and training them. But all the while, she will be preparing them for independence, preparing herself to release them to the world....

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 21 April 2017 21:17

Weekly Dose of Apologetics – 16-22 April 2017

Current Issues

Joe Carter – Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Major Religious Liberty Case

“The outcome of the case will determine whether the government can discriminate against religious organizations and exclude them from receiving a generally available public benefit simply...

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Written by Mike Boling
Friday, 21 April 2017 20:52

Weekend A La Carte (April 22)

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Today’s Kindle deals include three books that will help you better understand the Bible.

Westminster Books is offering deals on catechisms and resources to help teach them.

How Brainy Women Benefit the Church

“Even today, when my husband tells other people that I’m smarter than he...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 21 April 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 4/22/2017

Illegal Love
A Christian pastor was arrested in China for singing "Jesus Loves You". Apparently the song is considered "illegal religious activity." And the story only gets worse from there.We are concerned in America about our loss of our First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion and...

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Written by Winging It
Friday, 21 April 2017 19:00

TULIP and Reformed Theology: Perseverance of the Saints

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Writing to the Philippians, Paul says, "He who has begun a good work in you will perfect it to the end" (Phil. 1:6). Therein is the promise of God that what He starts in our souls, He intends to finish. So the old axiom in Reformed theology about the perseverance of the saints is this: If you have...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Friday, 21 April 2017 18:00

Joy in the Christian Life

“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” (John 15:11)

The word “fun” is never mentioned in the Bible, and “entertain” is used only in reference to being hospitable. Such activities as...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Friday, 21 April 2017 17:11

Who Is God? Trinity Debate: Dr. James White vs Bro. Joe Ventilacion

This was a debate from last night that was streamed live on Youtube between Christian apologist James White and Joe Ventilacion.  Joe is advocating for the cult Iglesia ni Cristo.

Here’s the debate:

Here’s the description:

Dr. James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries debates...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 21 April 2017 16:00

Commentary on Thomas Aquinas's Virtue Ethics

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My newest book is Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Virtue Ethics,published by Cambridge University Press in April, 2017.

Part I is about virtue in general; Part II focuses on the virtue of justice.  I’ve written the book for in such a way as to be helpful to both scholars and...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Friday, 21 April 2017 15:30

04/22/17 Genuine Gratitude

READING: 2 Samuel 14-15, Luke 17:1-19

“And as they were going, they were cleansed.”

Luke 17:14

You would think they would have come running back to Jesus. They had been lepers, separated from others because of their disease. And, they had intentionally sought Jesus’ help...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Friday, 21 April 2017 15:05

April 22: Everyone Wants to Slim Down

It seems that some were proposing a plan for a smaller General Assembly for the PCUSA back in the 1930’s. I had not previously paid attention to such efforts in any of the old line Presbyterian denominations. Compare this with some of the various plans for a delegated Assembly that...

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Written by archivist
Friday, 21 April 2017 15:00

The Light That Never Fails

We all, with unveiled face, beholding…the glory of the Lord… —2 Corinthians 3:18

A servant of God must stand so very much alone that he never realizes he is alone. In the early stages of the Christian life, disappointments will come— people who used to be lights will...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Friday, 21 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 26; Psalm 33; Eccl. 9; Titus 1

Leviticus 26; Psalm 33; Ecclesiastes 9; Titus 1

ONE OF THE COMMON FEATURES of ancient suzerainty treaties — treaties between some regional superpower and a vassal state (see March 13) — was some section near the end that spelled out the advantages of compliance and the dangers of...

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Written by Don Carson
Friday, 21 April 2017 15:00

10 Questions for Leaders to Ask Each Week

At theseminary where I teach, we are now completing end-of-the-academic year faculty evaluations. Annual evaluations like these are helpful and necessary. They push us to ask how we might improve over the next academic year.

Most leaders, though, would benefit from more regular evaluations...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Friday, 21 April 2017 15:00

Narrow Gate: Wallpaper

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"For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." - Matthew 7:14

View Past Wallpaper Archives on Pinterest What is my screen resolution.

Click Below to Download your Image:

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iphones and iPod touch

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Written by TFL
Friday, 21 April 2017 14:38

Father, Send Grace in the Shape of Our Need

     Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praiseJer. 17:14 (NIV)

     Restore to me the joy of your salvationPsalm 51:12 (ESV)

     Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Friday, 21 April 2017 14:25

Georgia Baptist Mission Board Communications teams takes honors in national competition

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Rod Hampton sits in the Life With Purpose Radio studio on the third floor of the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center in Duluth and is part of the LWP team. He was one of six state missionaries on the Communications team who received an award for professional excellence in national...

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Written by Joe Westbury